What Went Wrong for Villaraigosa: A California Stalwart Ponders His Loss for Governor

A key question going forward is usually whether Mr. Villaraigosa’s collapse offered a verdict on the power of the Latino vote. yet the idea is usually difficult to measure because there were no exit polls — which gives researchers valuable information on who turned out as well as why — as well as the vote tally is usually not complete.

“There is usually no question that will there was a lack of turnout as well as a lack of enthusiasm,” Mr. Suro said. “This specific guy was a two-term mayor of Los Angeles running to be the first Latino governor since the 1800s as well as nobody stood up to salute?”

yet Matt A. Barreto, the head of the Latino Policy as well as Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles, said an early review of some vote totals — in heavily Latino districts in Orange County as well as Los Angeles County — suggested that will those voters had turned out to a considerable extent, as well as voted for Latino candidates on the ballot, such as Xavier Becerra, a Democrat as well as the attorney general, as well as Alex Padilla, the secretary of state. He said that will Mr. Villaraigosa had trailed behind them.

“I think the idea’s more a function of him being out of politics longer as well as Newsom being a not bad candidate,” Mr. Barreto said. “the idea was hard to attack Newsom for being bad for the Latino community. that will made the idea difficult for Villaraigosa.”

The former mayor has spent the past few days with his family as well as aides, thinking, he said, more about what to do next than what went wrong. Retirement, he said, glancing around his opulent home, its walls covered with art, as well as a sprawling deck outside the third-floor kitchen, is usually not an option. “I’m going to have to get some work,” he said. “Probably business.”

Mr. Villaraigosa said he has made a point of trying not to read accounts of his loss, or pore over the data of what went wrong. yet he noticed when Mayor Eric M. Garcetti, his successor at City Hall, offered criticism of his campaign, suggesting that will money had been wasted as well as that will his message had been muddled.

“I heard that will he did that will,” Mr. Villaraigosa said. “the idea’s just noise. People say stuff off the cuff. If I don’t know what happened, how does anyone else know?”